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3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  2,960 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
In 1994, the Marines test a new missile. After launch it mysteriously disappears. If it reaches civilian areas they'll be in big trouble. Carol Dawson, a journalist, is alerted by an unusual sight of whales in the Miami area & decides to write about it.
Armed with equipment provided by her friend, Dr. Dale Michaels from the Miami Oceanographic Institute, she goes to in
Paperback, 408 pages
Published July 1989 by Warner Books (first published 1987)
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Brett Jobling
Dec 04, 2013 Brett Jobling rated it did not like it
Even 25 years after it was first released, this is a turd that is still steaming. It took me four months to read this drivel (i read about 6 other decent novels in that time). I've read Arthur C Clarke before and i'm a fan - but this atrocity was completely bereft of the vision/prophecy and fascinating SCIENCE that he brings to Sci Fi. So i can only blame Gentry Lee who is credited as 'co-authoring'. Surely ACC only leant his name to boost sales? The plot is inane, the characters ridiculous, the ...more
Felix Dance
Nov 19, 2010 Felix Dance rated it it was ok
This book was totally unbelievable. I don't know what it is with Clarke in the 80s, but he just went psycho with his characters during this period (hard not to blame Lee really - alouthgh they were good in the Rama series). The first two thirds of this overlong novel goes into meaningless detail about the backgrounds of the various characters involved, and they're so formulaic - their personalities are derived from formulae whose only input are 'moving' emotional scenes from their past. It's as ...more
Stephen Gallup
Mar 19, 2014 Stephen Gallup rated it it was ok
Considering his fame and the number of books he authored, it's surprising that I've had little exposure to Clarke. Like everybody in my generation I saw the film version of 2001 numerous times, and there was another novel of his (the title of which I cannot recall) that was in three parts. The first two parts fascinated me but the last was an utter let-down, seemingly written by someone else. [ Update: Just figured out that other book was by Asimov. ]

Anyway, I decided it was time to sample his w
Jan 19, 2009 Joe rated it it was ok
This is a scifi novel from an author that I normally love. Unfortunately, this book was disappointing. The main plot, involving contact with aliens, was passable but boring. The side plots were ridiculous and unnecessary: adult video games, swinger treasure hunters, and so on. The characters were either two-dimensional or cartoonish. Also, the book seemed to serve as a vehicle for heavy-handed social commentary.
Jul 17, 2009 Jake rated it it was ok
Cradle is a first and unsatisfying collaboration by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee. It is an uninspiring treatment of a well-worn Sci-fi topic: first contact via an underwater oceanic alien hideout. Cradle also introduces readers to the rougher, more promiscuous writing style of Gentry Lee. Clarke has plenty of sexuality in his novels, but he usually spares readers the juicy details.

I would have enjoyed this novel more if Clarke and Lee had taken the story completely to the ocean. The too-brie
Jul 02, 2011 Eric rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction-novel
Easily one of the worst books I've read in years. Maybe if I read this when it first came out in 1989 and I was 13, I would have found the gratuitous sex scenes titillating. As it was, I found them distracting from what little "plot" there was. The entire book was laced with racism and misogyny. Sure one of the main characters is a woman and one is black, but the authors can't seem to go 5 pages without waving a little flag saying "Hey, we have a main character who is a woman, and one who is bla ...more
Nov 27, 2012 Ed rated it did not like it
I was expecting more, having read the 2001 series, so was very disappointed. Not a very well-written book, reads more like an author's first book than one from an experienced team. The plot was very contrived with convenient coincidences moving the plot along. There was a surprising amount of sexual suggestions in the book, this was completely unnecessary and slowed the book down. There were a number of details and plot lines in the book that were unnecessary, serving only to slow down the pace ...more
Adon Coya
Aug 23, 2016 Adon Coya rated it liked it
A good enough story.
Nov 28, 2011 Devon rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fiction
Is this even science fiction? The aliens aren't necessary...swap them out for some ordinary motivating force and the story would be largely unaffected. And when Clarke focuses on the "sci-fi" part of his story, he bores me with unimportant minutia about the design of the alien ship.

I can't believe I read the whole thing. Run away!
Chris Hawks
Nov 29, 2010 Chris Hawks rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned

Yesterday (11/02/06) during lunch, I finished my most recent book: Cradle, by Arthur C. Clarke and Genry Lee.

This is same team that wrote the last 3/4 of the Rama series (following Clarke's standalone classic, Rendevous With Rama). Those were good books. Cradle, which was written a couple of years before the Rama sequels, is not.

Not that it's a terribly bad book. I was entertained for almost all of the 408 pages. But I'd never read it again. The book is ba
Oct 05, 2010 Lee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Not even mediocre at best. It's a book written by two people, and it shows. The bulk of the book is a boring, typical Crichton-like thriller/adventure story. Woven between -- sometimes in nearly incomprehensible separate chapters, sometimes as jarring asides -- is the actual sci-fi content. Unfortunately, the earth-based sci-fi was written for the future of twenty years ago and it has not aged particularly well, but it may have been better contemporaneously. The alien-based sci-fi is overly deta ...more
Jun 10, 2011 Scythan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Nothing much interesting happened in this book. I liked the premise: an alien civilization is preparing to drop a "seed" of some sort on Earth, using the planet as a preserve for certain species, one of which is a superior strain of Human. However, this book reads more like a biography, with every major character thinking a whole lot about their past without it impacting the story line much, if at all. I was bored, and would have stopped reading if it weren't for the fact that I was waiting for ...more
Apr 21, 2015 Rosťa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has some very classic A. C. Clarke-esque plot with aliens (who act in the typical A. C. Clarke-esque way a la Space Odyssey in the kind of "engineer" way), but for some reason most of the book (not sure if I should blame Gentry Lee entirely for that, but that was what first came to my mind) sounds like a bad 80s American movie with relationship drama, a few action scenes thrown in to indulge the public audience, and several scenes with at least slight sexual subtext.

About the first two
May 14, 2014 Abraão rated it liked it
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Tonya Neepa
Aug 02, 2016 Tonya Neepa rated it did not like it
I don't know why anyone would like this. The characters are really cliche with dumb, babyish problems. That's why this is called Cradle. Wa wa wa. This is like watching a movie from the 80s. Corny songs to provide emotional moments. Only toward the middle-end do you meet the aliens, which totally changes the whole feeling of the book. The themes are inconsistent. The "science dump" chapters are even written in different tenses. Many problems are introduced throughout the book and not many of the ...more
Jan 20, 2015 Alisha rated it it was ok
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Jamie Kingston
Oct 20, 2014 Jamie Kingston rated it it was ok
Easily the worst Arthur C Clarke novel.

The characters are unbelievable and the plot is ridiculous - alien beings who can travel galactic distances but require an Encyclopaedia and some Gold in order to leave Earth.

This would have made a good kids book were it not for the pointless (and trust me, I'm not prudish at all) sexual content.
E. Newby
Mar 04, 2014 E. Newby rated it liked it
Definitely a disappointment. My biggest complaint wasn't the odd-ball mix of elements, it was that nothing resolved. We don't really know what choice the alien rugs made at the end of the book. Also, halfway through the book, the authors spuriously introduce an element that conceivably trumps the events of the story, and then never mention it again.

One of the challenges of scifi is tying grander scoped-epics into a framework that has meaning for the individual players (characters). This story n
Matteo Pellegrini

Un missile top secret che svanisce in volo. Un tridente d'oro che cambia sorprendentemente forma. Una caverna subacquea custodita da balene... Qualcosa si nasconde nel fondo marino al largo di Key West, un mistero in parte umano ma nello stesso tempo terribilmente alieno. Il suo potere è immenso e terrificante e potrebbe distruggere ogni forma di vita sulla Terra. Ma qualcuno ha deciso di scoprire il terribile segreto. E da quel momento non esiste più alcuna certezza, nessun luogo sicuro in cui

Perri Oldfield
Jun 19, 2014 Perri Oldfield rated it it was ok
Hm, disappointing. I'd wanted to try an Arthur C Clarke novel for a while and I think I should definitely have started with one of his others. I don't really know what this book was trying to be - it presents itself as a science fiction but this really seems to be a side-story, the rest of the book just seemed to waffle on about it's fairly dull cookie-cutter characters and their irrelevant back-stories. Additionally, it was also really sexist and I got quite annoyed at several points. I perseve ...more
Sep 27, 2011 Paintbrush rated it did not like it
I was greatly disappointed with this book. I almost can't believe that Arthur Clarke had anything to do with it! The writing was trite and the majority of the book's subject matter was a cross between a bad romance and a simple adventure story.
Noah Fiedel
Dec 31, 2015 Noah Fiedel rated it did not like it
One dimensional, stereotypical characters. Pretty underwhelming plot. Trudged through to the end as it was an easy enough read, but no deep thoughts / insights / technology / sci-fi. Just a dull story about an alien visitor.
Harry Nicholson
Aug 20, 2013 Harry Nicholson rated it did not like it
It was a trudge, except for the bits I skimmed. The opening chapter came over as though the writer had lately begun a creative writing course - I was surprised and wondered if Clarke had actually been the author.
Ronald Vasicek
Feb 28, 2013 Ronald Vasicek rated it did not like it
I disliked this book. The whole thing about the sex problems of the commander were not needed and in poor taste. Did nothing for the book. I felt the book was generally not well done, disjointed, poorly written.
Isabel (kittiwake)
Unfortunately, while this book has an interesting premise, the characterisation is pathetic. The way people in this book talk and think is totally unbelievable.

I gave up on it well before the 100 page point.
Feb 27, 2008 Lucas rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
The very worst part of this book was where a couple of the main characters show off their side-project of producing a pornographic full-motion-video computer game.
Dec 10, 2010 Richard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern, fiction
contains the worst sex scene ever written
Oct 14, 2013 Bumpy rated it did not like it
Possibly the most boring book I've ever read.
Abhinav Neelam
Jul 19, 2015 Abhinav Neelam rated it did not like it
I don't think I'm going to touch Gentry Lee with a bargepole after this train crash of a book. It's so bad I'm almost tempted to stop this review right now because you shouldn't give too much time to things you don't love, right?

Anyway, the problem with the book is Gentry Lee has this idea that character development should be the core of any book, even a science fiction one. A fine ideal to strive towards, certainly. But somebody failed to tell him that character development should be woven into
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Arthur C. Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction. He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956. He is best known for the novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he co-created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.

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